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helarctos

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About helarctos

  • Rank
    diabolical decanter
  • Birthday 11/23/1978

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    Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Country
    United States

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    shantih
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BPAL

  • BPAL of the Day
    Rose Moon
  • Favorite Scents
    Favorite BPAL: Al-Araaf, Dreamland, The Evening Star, Rose Moon. Also love DSH's Turquoise Waters and White Opium. Favorite commercial non-BPAL are: Moonlight Rain, by Island Soap and Candle Works; Samsara by Guerlain; Dreams by Anna Sui.

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Interests
    House rabbits, all manner of books, medieval and Renaissance literature (emphasis on England and Scandinavia -- I've sworn off Middle Welsh for the time being), traveling (but mostly to resorts because I'm often too lazy to sightsee), world music, folk music, music by artists like Kristin Hersh and Peter Murphy
  • Mood
    bashful

Astrology

  • Astrological Info
    Sagittarian, but I've been told I act more like a Scorpio. I don't know very much about astrology...
  • Chinese Zodiac Sign
    Nothing Selected
  • Western Zodiac Sign
    Sagittarius

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  1. helarctos

    Tezcatlipoca

    Tezcatlipoca is definitely a *power* scent. It's like Centzon Totochtin without the wine/foodiness, or Greed without the sweetness. It has an exquisite resinous drydown.
  2. helarctos

    Marquise de Merteuil

    For me this starts out as overpoweringly sweet -- the syrup from a can of peaches or pears. There's a bitter undertone -- the vetiver? -- that comes out on the skin, and tempers the sweetness. It adds a complexity but doesn't work well on me.
  3. helarctos

    Inferno

    Inferno smells of maraschino cherries and meerschaum smoke. Gorgeous, though not something I'd wear as a personal scent.
  4. helarctos

    Manila

    Manila smells like candy! Pineapple and banana candy. Yum. In the drydown, a scent like tobacco emerges -- is this the banana leaf? -- and complexifies the fruity aroma, but doesn't quash its sweetness. I'm not a foody-scent person but I really love Manila and I think I'll try it in an oil burner. What I really wish is that I could get this scent in a soap or shower gel. Maybe it's time to experiment with BPAL and unscented stuff...
  5. helarctos

    Uranus

    The closest scent to which I can liken the Uranus blend is that of the powdery residue that Dentyne cinnamon-flavored gum leaves on its wrapper.
  6. helarctos

    Peace

    Peace definitely smells of fir.
  7. helarctos

    Catalyst

    I really did not enjoy the scent of Catalyst. The notes I took read "unpleasant earthy herbs." It is possible I have some sort of allergy to something in it, though, as I had a headache afterward. So other people may find it more congenial than I did. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  8. helarctos

    Temple: Greek

    Temple: Greek smells of cloves, olives (?), and a peppery spice I can't quite identify. Very evocative. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  9. helarctos

    Oshún

    The scent of TAL Oshun to me is heady, sweet, somewhat fruity. And really beautiful. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  10. helarctos

    Helping Hand

    Helping Hand smells of sugared mint. It reminds me of a sweet mint tea, something soothing and refreshing at the same time. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  11. helarctos

    Bastet's Laughter

    To me, Bastet's Laughter smells of "tropical punch"-flavored Kool-Aid. I agree that it smells similar to Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo, which I have down in my spreadsheet as having reminded me of Hawaiian Punch. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  12. helarctos

    Eleggua

    Eleggua is PEPPERMINT! (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  13. helarctos

    Aunt Caroline's Money Bag

    Aunt Caroline's Money Bag smells like a fragrant orange pomander, well-seasoned and freshly prepared. It's very sweet. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  14. helarctos

    Temple: Daoist

    Temple Daoist smells to me very grounding and grounded, a bouquet of wood and earth. (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
  15. helarctos

    Lionheart

    Interesting ... to me Lionheart smells of baby powder! (Disclaimer: This review was written in a circular swap, so I did not use the oil for ritual purposes. I can only report here on its scent. I believe this is valuable information so people know if they will find the oil physically/aesthetically uncomfortable when they use it for its intended purpose, BUT I do not believe TAL oils should be used as simple perfume. )
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